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Denzil Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the countries which the Government (a) knows and (b) believes, to possess weapons of mass destruction. 
Mr. MacShane: Under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), five statesthe United Kingdom, the United States, France, Russia and Chinaare legally entitled to possess nuclear weapons. Additionally, India and Pakistan have both carried out tests of nuclear explosive devices. We regularly urge Israel to resolve international concerns about its nuclear status by acceding to the NPT as a non-nuclear weapons state. We continue to believe that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) has both the materials and the technical capability to produce nuclear weapons. We also remain very concerned that Iran continues to have ambitions to manufacture nuclear weapons.
All States Party to the Chemical Weapons Convention that have declared possession of chemical weapons are in the process of destroying their stocks of these weapons in accordance with their obligations under the Convention.
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Alistair Burt: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what representations he has received to seek amendment to the Civil Service Management Code in order to allow an appeal process in relation to personnel matters which is independent of the Department in which the complaint arose; if he will take steps to make such an amendment; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Alexander: Other than that received from the hon. Member no other representations have been received from hon. Members to seek amendment to the Civil Service Management Code's rules on personal grievance appeals.
Every civil servant has a right of appeal against a management decision that affects them adversely and departments and agencies have delegated authority to determine appropriate arrangements for hearing such appeals and I am not convinced that there are any compelling reasons to change the current arrangements.
Mr. Cameron: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how much his Office spent on (a) head hunters and recruitment consultants and (b) management consultants in (i) 199697 and (ii) the last year for which figures are available; 
(2) how much has been spent by his Office on (a) advertising and (b) public relations consultants in (i) 199697 and (ii) the last year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Alexander [holding answer 19 July 2004]: Financial information prior to the 199798 financial year was produced on a previous accounting system and cannot be readily be retrieved without incurring disproportionate cost.
The Cabinet Office spent £282,000 on advertising and £15.244 million on external consultancy in 200304. This figure may change due to accounting adjustments and is subject to final audit. External consultancy incorporates consultancy in several areas including financial, information technology and communications.
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Expenditure on headhunters, recruitment consultants, management consultants and public relations consultants is contained within the external consultancy figure and cannot be separately identified without incurring disproportionate cost.
Mr. Alexander: Details of the Department's gross running costs for 199697 and 199798 are contained in Table 5.5 of Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 200001 (Cm 4601). These figures are on a cash basis. From Public Expenditure Analyses 200102 (Cm 5101), departments' administrative expenditure was reported on a resource basis, as administration costs.
Mr. Andrew Turner:
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether (a) his Department and (b) agencies for which it is responsible (i) have a set retirement age which applies to all or most personnel
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and (ii) have a maximum age beyond which applications for employment will not be considered; and what the age is in each case. 
Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many cases against his Office and the agencies for which it is responsible have been brought to employment tribunals in each year since 1997 in relation to (a) equal pay, (b) sex discrimination, (c) race discrimination, (d) disability discrimination and (e) unfair dismissal; how many cost awards were made against (i) respondents and (ii) applicants; and how much has been spent (A) settling and (B) contesting claims. 
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Mr. Bacon: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people were employed in the Government Car and Despatch Agency (a) in 1997 and (b) at the latest date for which information is available, broken down by job title; what functions were performed by those holding each job title; and how many people were employed whose primary function was (i) human resource or personnel functions, (ii) finance and accounting functions, (iii) information technology functions and (iv) other support, back office or administration functions. 
[holding answer 14 July 2004]: The responsibility for the provision of ministerial cars and drivers has been delegated under the terms of the Framework Document to the Government Car and
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Despatch Agency. I have asked its Chief Executive Mr. Nick Matheson to write to the hon. member. Copies of his letter will be placed in the Library.
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